Who We Are

into churchWe are a community of people from all walks of life and of all ages who have been drawn together by the love of God in Jesus Christ.

Together we seek to offer our lives to God in worship and in service. We try to share with one another the love that we receive from God, and we try to share God’s love with all who are our “neighbours”.

We are a parish in the (local) Furness Deanery in the (regional) Diocese of Carlisle, together being part of the (national) Church of England which is in the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are also part of Churches Together in Furness (under the umbrella of Churches Together in England) and we work closely with other churches in Ulverston district.

The church has two full time ordained ministers supported by three active retired ministers and four Readers (lay ministers – not ordained). Other lay leaders in the church are the Churchwardens, Youth Minister, and our Home-group leaders.

The church is led by the Church Council (PCC), one for each of the two churches, consisting of members elected by the congregation together with the Rector and the Churchwardens , but the ministry (=work of the church) is shared by all of us together.

The Parish of Ulverston is located geographically in the south western area of the English Lake District in the Furness district.

There are two worship centres, the Parish Church of St. Mary’s in Ulverston itself, and a sister church of St. John’s, Osmotherley, adjacent to the village of Broughton Beck.

The two churches meet a variety of needs amongst the worshipping community with St. John’s being very much along traditional lines following the Book of Common Prayer and having a robed choir to lead the singing.

The Parish Church, however, caters for a broader range of styles of worship incorporating some traditional elements in with more modern liturgies and musical styles.

Meet the team.